Friday, August 26, 2011

Choose Your Weapon

Friday at the range:
Left to Right: 9mm FN Hi-Power; .45 Colt Peacemaker; Ruger .22 Target Pistol
The Hi-Power is the practical self-defense pistol. The Ruger .22 is a great plinking gun with a nice site. I could shoot this all day. For real fun, the single-action, cowboy-style Colt Peacemaker is an authentic period piece. It shoots the .45 longs, not the .45 ACP. Nice to shoot, but not something I would take to the range every single day. It's like the old convertible that you only drive on nice days.

My shooting partner beat me in all three competitions today. I really need to get to the range more.

NOTE: All firearms were manually cleared, and visually inspected prior to taking this picture.


  1. Hampton's RedshirtAugust 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM


    Have you never read the accounts of "Black Jack" Pershing and the actions against the Moros ? (Do you know the real nickname of John Joseph Pershing?)

    Have you read the accounts of Alfred B. Williams of the Deliverance of South Carolina in 1876 ? Williams states that no gentleman would carry less than a .44 caliber pistol.

    That 9 is only suitable for firing promiscuously and ineffectively.

    My gosh man, the French use a 9mm.

  2. The age old debate of 9mm vs. a .45 for stopping an attacker.... Looking at ballistic models, a 9mm with modern JHP is sufficient to stop an attacker; FMJ, that's another story.

  3. The Colt Peacemaker is a gun that I not only understand but also one that I can operate on instinct.

    Of the three, it would be my weapon of choice were I forced to choose.

    I understand fully that I am dependent on those around me to defend me. That is why I support the 2nd Amendment. My hands are too weak to work a slide, but the tremor in them should keep at least three miscreants at bay if I'm armed with something similar to the Colt. :-)

    All teasing aside, I wouldn't be the worst person to put with a long gun and a nest from which I could "sight" it. Though my hands may shake, I am not prone to panic.

  4. Good point about racking the slide. Also, to Redshirt's point, if you put a .45 caliber size hole in someone, it will encourage them to slow down very quickly.